Finally Fall

Well, we’ve been back from vacation for about a week and a half, which means I’ve finally got almost all the dirty laundry done, and the suitcases have at least been brought upstairs to the bedrooms… not fully unpacked though. They seem to have somehow refilled themselves with clean clothes… not entirely sure how that works, but I’m hoping to tackle those today.

The big news is- I’ve started something new. I’ve started cooking much more frequently. And new dishes, too! Things I’ve never done before! I saw this magazine, and on the cover it said “Meals for a Month” and it had all the recipes and weekly shopping lists and I was just so impressed that I bought it right there in the checkout aisle. After I bought it and flipped through, I realized that most the recipes seemed easy enough, and like things we would actually eat, so I decided to follow it. Last week I went to the grocery store and bought weird things like bok choy and shallots and chili-ginger sauce. I bought things I have never actually cooked myself, like chicken drumsticks and pork tenderloin. And I followed it. That’s right, kids. 1. I actually made 5 new recipes in the last week, and 2. This blog has officially descended to that level of mommybloggerdom where I can only talk about kids and what I made for dinner. So sue me. But first enjoy all the pictures of the yummy meals.

Monday- Tilapia with peppers.

It was supposed to have olives in it too, but we cut those out cause we no like em.

Tuesday – Beef and Bok Choy Stir-Fry

And yes, I made the stir fry sauce from scratch.

Wednesday- Spicy Orange Glazed Drumsticks with Green Beans

I think this was our favorite meal of the week. Very very delish.


Friday- Roasted Pork with Brussels Sprouts and Apricots

This should have been Thursday’s dinner, but we were very excited about the post-season starting, and so had a ballpark type meal of hot dogs, pretzels, and nachos. So the pork got bumped to Friday. It was okay, but none of us were crazy about the brussels sprouts. When I reheated the leftover pork on Sunday, I made some homemade applesauce with it and we liked that much better.

Monday- Fettucini with Sweet Potatoes and Ricotta

Another meal that got bumped back a few days due to various reasons. But it was quite yummy and I’m actually eating some of the leftovers now for my lunch.

I have to be honest, I’m pretty damn impressed with myself. I have every intention of continuing with the recipes in the book, though I might stray from them a little bit this week, cause I’ve got some ingredients left over that need to be used up before they go bad. So I might have to even get creative. This is most definitely a side of me that I’ve never seen before, and it’s pretty interesting.

In closing, enjoy a few pictures of Fiona unloading the dishwasher. She’s quite the little helper.

ps. I’m still pissed about stupid Crapelbon blowing that game on Sunday. Friggin’ Red Sox, man. They just break your heart. Go Phillies.

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